Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Light Exposes Everything

Bummer, I couldn’t update yesterday cause’ the electricity was out from afternoon till night. It totally reminded me how much we depend on it! Without electricity, our city wouldn’t be a city. It’d be “ghost town”. Hahaha. :P

Yesterday my sisters and I were at home alone. We had to survive the dark with only candlelight. All our neighbors had no electricity either, so our neighborhood was practically in darkness after sunset. Honestly, I was really grateful for my sisters’ company. At least they could make some noise and irritate me so that the darkness wouldn’t feel so creepy. Hahaha. xD

Goodness, I can’t imagine how people in some parts of the world still have no electricity! Now that’s reaaally tragic. Without light, you miss out so much in life. You can’t do anything else but sit in the darkness and wait. Wait. For the lights to come back on…

Yesterday’s incident reminded me of a story I heard sometime ago. I’ll try my best to retell it here. =)

There once existed a tiny village, cooped up in some faraway place where nobody knew or visited. The village was quite undeveloped. They had no electricity and all. After sunset each day, the villagers would go back to their homes and just sit around in the dim light provided by candles or oil lamps.

One day, a few missionaries decided to go to the village to bring light to the people. They were welcomed when the villagers understood that they wanted to help them generate electricity to light up their homes. Very soon, two homes were equipped with light bulbs.

When the first family switched on the lights, they discovered that their house was covered in filth! After years of living in darkness and not noticing that roaches and dead bugs and all sorts of dirty things were coating their little home, they now decided they would clean up the mess and scrub the place sparkling clean.

Meanwhile in the other home, the second family also discovered that their house was pure dirty. But instead of being thankful like the other family for the lights that helped expose the layer of filth, they decided to turn off the lights and continue living in darkness! Do you know why?

Well, it was unbelievably because they thought that if they didn’t switch on the lights, they wouldn’t notice the filth in their home. And therefore, they wouldn’t have to work hard to clean the mess like the other family! As a result, the first family experienced a change for the better. They now live in a lit-up, sparkling clean home, unlike the other family – who continued to live on oil lamps with all the roaches and dead bugs coating their floors!

Wasn’t that simply the perfect story to illustrate so many people out there with that same mentality? Those who have heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ are compared to the two families, who both received the lights. But not all of us will appreciate the fact that the Light will EXPOSE all the filth and sin we’ve been living in when we first did not have Jesus in our lives. Only some will accept the fact and start the cleaning up process. But many will shun it and prefer to shut out God’s Light and continue in their sin.

John 3:20 says, “Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that his deeds will be exposed.”

Jesus said, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." – John 8:12

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